- Yumbe is known for the production of good quality local mangoes and yearly the district loses billions of shillings from the rotting mangoes
- This has attracted an investor in the district and on ground the construction of mango processing factory is in high gear in Lodonga sub county opposite the sub county headquarters and it has reached the roofing level
- Traders have been warned against improper sanitation and hygiene which is ripe for outbreak of cholera
By Elema Robert
Yumbe- The sale of mangoes has become a profitable business venture in Yumbe district.
Some traders from outside Yumbe have based in the district and have specialised in mango business.
The traders clients bring the mangoes daily to a central purchasing point in Yumbe town and seven mangoes are sold at Shs 100.
The residents resorted to selling the mangoes to the traders after waiting for the mobile mango processing factory in vain.
Women are the ones mainly involved in the business but some few men are hired to tie the purchased mangoes in boxes for easy transportation to Kampala.
Zumura Anguko a resident from Apo Sub-county said in a day she can get Shs 30000 from the sale of mangoes.
“This is a good business but the problem is transport. I carry the mangoes on head covering about 10 kilometers from my village in Apo Sub-county to the town and it is a tiresome business,” she said.
In a month, Anguko said she could get about Shs 200,000 which money she has not been getting in other businesses. Afisa Ijobiru another trader said the sale of mangoes has saved her family members because they can afford to buy food items from the profits.
“The money I get from the sale of mangoes is used for buying food and paying exams fee for the children because my husband don’t help the family,” she said.
Alli Chakua an LC I chairperson of the area warned the traders of the sanitation of the area saying its bad to sale fruits in dirty environment.
“I am not happy with this place in which you are selling the mangoes. This place is very dirty and it needs to be swept daily because it can easily lead to an outbreak of sanitation related diseases,” he said.